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Feature October 3, 2018
After passing a series of restrictive housing laws, Miami-Dade County faces an odd predicament: bands of nomadic sex offenders and a cat-and-mouse game to move them.
News March 29, 2016
Rules from 2012 are too often ignored, advocates say.
News October 27, 2020
We asked people behind bars what services and programs could have changed the course of their lives. Therapy, affordable housing and a living wage topped the list.
News June 5, 2019
Officials are trying to line up jobs and housing for 2,200 inmates who are scheduled to be freed in July under the First Step Act.
News January 14, 2019
Migrants in the U.S. and across the globe face turmoil as lawsuits aim to reverse restrictive policies.
News July 12, 2017
A new report contradicts a claim from the Bureau of Prisons.
News and Awards June 19, 2019
Honored with the national prize for “Excellence in Video.”
Commentary December 14, 2016
Scope, purpose, duration — in short, everything
Analysis January 27, 2016
Obama takes bold action, but for a population of fewer than 30
Life Inside March 30, 2017
A prison psychologist mourns a patient he tried to save.
News November 16, 2018
Too much? Too little? You be the judge.
Commentary January 15, 2016
Two towering lives in a prequel to Black Lives Matter.
Justice Talk March 31, 2016
From comparisons to “Orange Is the New Black” to accounts from people who spent time in solitary, this is what you missed in our chat with Digg.
Life Inside July 13, 2017
A rash of suicides in solitary confinement hits an inmate close to home.
Feature June 11, 2015
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?
Life Inside April 8, 2020
“My family is my family. I am used to our little quirks. But I am still getting used to what's going on outside.”
Feature November 2, 2020
State officials often fail to identify prisoners with developmental disorders, a group that faces overwhelming challenges behind bars, from bright lights to noises to social dynamics.
Commentary December 27, 2018
Finish the year strong with journalism that makes a difference.
Case in Point December 5, 2016
The case that awakened us to the mental health trauma of “Supermax”
Feature November 8, 2020
A new lawsuit claims Black Americans with mental illness are being forced into traumatic emergency room stays.
Feature March 24, 2016
Imagine living in a cell that’s smaller than a parking space — with a homicidal roommate.
Feature October 26, 2016
In this federal prison, inmates have a choice: live with a violent cellmate or end up in shackles.
Feature April 29, 2018
Think the Manhattan DA goes easy on the rich? Take a look at how he prosecutes the poor.
News January 28, 2015
The Bureau of Prisons tightens the rules at its secretive “Communication Management Units.”
News November 8, 2017
A new order reminds prosecutors to show their evidence.
News April 1, 2019
Prosecutors will be required to turn over information to the defense much earlier in a criminal case, among other changes.
Coronavirus April 15, 2020
The United States is about to find out as officials struggle to contain the coronavirus.
News May 10, 2017
For troubled repeat offenders, a chance at a supportive place to live.
News July 13, 2020
Mental-health problems, short staffing plague a Texas lockup in COVID lockdown.
News March 11, 2015
Sex-offender laws are raising questions about the right to worship.
News January 26, 2018
The bureau relents in a stalemate over pepper spray.
News October 20, 2015
Amid abuse charges, union acts to ‘protect our officers.’
News July 1, 2015
Expunged arrest records, and new jobs for police dogs.
Election 2020 March 11, 2020
More than 8,000 incarcerated people responded.
Coronavirus April 6, 2020
California and New York City are booking hotels so homeless people released from jail don’t accelerate the pandemic.
Life Inside June 9, 2015
“The staff didn't have a clue.”
Looking Back August 19, 2019
A Nebraska couple fighting to marry behind bars wouldn’t be the first: Three decades ago, two prisoners took their bid to marry all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
News March 2, 2020
Can Texas prisons really stop contraband by banning greeting cards?
News May 27, 2015
When the test of innocence is withheld.
News September 16, 2015
An effective way to curb behavior, or ‘an extreme form of restraint’?
The Frame January 26, 2015
Photographer Sofia Valiente captures the lives of a community of sex offenders.
News and Awards October 9, 2018
Sam is the first formerly incarcerated woman to join the board.
Commentary June 19, 2019
“We have grown weary of worn-out debates over the feasibility of a world without prisons.”
News October 27, 2020
Americans are grappling with intensifying calls to remake the criminal justice system. We asked people behind bars to weigh in.
News November 13, 2019
Rodney Reed faces execution in Texas despite mounting evidence of innocence and bipartisan support.
News June 22, 2018
The administration is no longer separating them. Now more parents and children will be held at places like this.
Case in Point May 3, 2016
In a notorious Louisiana case, a judge gets in a last kick.
Looking Back November 20, 2014
The case he didn’t expect to lose. And why it mattered that he did.
Life Inside December 12, 2019
I barely remember my birthplace, Jamaica, and I have no family left there. Frankly, I’m terrified.
News April 30
The new ruling could worsen existing racial disparities in states that condemn teens to die in prison.
As correctional officers, we are conditioned to call prisoners ‘inmates.’ But at Sing Sing, where I worked for 25 years, that was as bad as calling them a snitch.
Justice Lab November 3, 2015
And why it can lead to criminal behavior.
News October 25, 2018
Have you ever run away from home? What’s your most unusual sex act?
Commentary March 13, 2017
Anti-crime strategies should try to fix what makes hotspots prone to violence.
News January 19
People getting out of prison are bringing the virus outside because lockups aren’t taking basic precautions. Overtaxed halfway houses and other reentry programs are left to pick up the slack.
Crime on the Ballot October 17, 2016
Four important ballot measures you probably haven’t heard of.
News June 17, 2015
A Minnesota sex-offender program is under fire. How long can the state hold people for crimes they have not yet committed?
Case in Point August 8, 2017
A Massachusetts case suggests a different way of judging evidence.
Feature July 13, 2016
At a painful time, a roundup of proposed remedies
News September 22, 2016
A fund is designated to train, pay and advise American defense lawyers.
Coronavirus April 25, 2020
A federal judge called the Bureau of Prisons release process “Kafkaesque.”
Coronavirus May 21, 2020
Just a small fraction of federal prisoners have been sent home. Many others lack legal help and connections to make their case.
News March 29
Guards smuggle in most contraband, people who live in or work at prisons say.
Feature August 7, 2017
Defendants say evidence laws force them to take pleas while “blindfolded.”
Feature November 1, 2017
The unique prison re-entry plan conceived by — and for — women.
News November 4, 2019
The state slashed sentences for more than 500 people convicted in low-level drug and theft cases.
Life Inside June 22, 2017
Or, how I learned to use a computer in prison.
ViewFinder July 10, 2017
At an Ohio eatery, patrons get Nashville-style hot chicken and the formerly-incarcerated get a fair shot at employment.
News July 23, 2017
Arizona is set to become the latest state to move away from automatic isolation for death row inmates.
Justice Lab April 2, 2015
A study lingers on the lives of those we incarcerate.
News September 29, 2016
A new docu-series, ‘America Divided,’ explores inequality, issue by issue.
Life Inside October 1, 2020
I first joined the San Quentin fire department to get my own room, eat well and train dogs. It ended up being the most important experience of my life.
News October 25, 2018
The president wants to send more prisoners to halfway houses. The Justice Department is doing exactly the opposite.
News December 17, 2014
Experts, experts and more experts.
News May 24, 2016
The special problem of being a sex offender.
Coronavirus April 1, 2020
During the COVID-19 crisis, people coming home after decades behind bars find loved ones in quarantine, dire job prospects and overwhelmed social services agencies.
Analysis June 14, 2016
Six reasons you’re likely to be disappointed
Life Inside January 28
After a steady diet of shows like “Oz,” I was convinced that prison would be a paradise for monsters. Turns out, the abuse I experienced came directly from the system.
Feature July 2, 2015
What comes after mass incarceration? Local incarceration.
Feature December 3, 2018
Being stripped of parental rights while in prison, even for minor crimes, is “the family separation crisis that no one knows about,” one advocate said.
Life Inside November 25, 2015
Cooking turkeys, building resumes.
The Frame January 6, 2015
Photographer Mark Perrott examines the graffiti, and the lives, of the prisoners of E Block.
News and Awards July 23, 2020
Eads previously worked as a reporter and editor at The Chicago Reporter and ProPublica Illinois.
Feature August 11, 2020
A Marshall Project / FRONTLINE film that follows an undocumented family’s struggle to survive homelessness, immigrant detention and a rapidly spreading virus.
News April 23, 2020
Bail reform advocates are adapting in light of COVID-19 releases and the lessons from New York’s no-bail flop.
News January 28, 2018
A young California lawyer helps long-term inmates with their white-collar problems.
Commentary February 11, 2016
Why African-Americans don’t trust the courts, and why it matters.
Feature April 29, 2018
Vance the philanthropist, Vance and the game of hide-the-evidence, Vance and the rise of the reform DA.
Commentary July 17, 2015
Want to fix Rikers? Close it.
Justice Lab June 4, 2015
Surprising new research suggests parolees who go somewhere new are less likely to offend again.
News August 13, 2015
How other states dealt with their death rows after killing capital punishment.
Life Inside April 24, 2020
When you lead the Inmate Liaison Committee in a pandemic, you have to deliver bad news with finesse.
Commentary May 21, 2015
It’s an internment camp.
Coronavirus July 16, 2020
But not because of COVID-19 releases.
Life Inside June 18, 2020
Growing up with a father who was incarcerated didn’t define me. But it certainly taught me to challenge stereotypes and ask better questions.
Life Inside October 28, 2019
“Even in prison, I didn’t feel so overwhelmed with worry about doing something wrong when I’m doing everything right.”
Feature March 22, 2019
Can New York City build its way out of mass incarceration?
News September 10, 2019
Most states give money to people leaving prison. But some formerly incarcerated people say it's often not enough to meet their basic needs.
The California Experiment December 21, 2018
San Joaquin went all in. Now it’s a model.